A Permanent Bias Against God In Unitarian*Universalist "Churches". . .
"A truer and nobler life."
has posted a section of Chapter lll of Henry Ware's 'Formation of the Christian Character'.
He highlights this phrase in the concluding sentence -
"For you are engaging in a great work, the giving your heart a permanent bias toward God, and it ought not to be interrupted."
and then goes on to say -
"It is language that is, no doubt, difficult for many liberal religionists to listen to these days but I find it deeply true."
Here is the comment that I just submitted to Boston Unitarian's "moderated" aka censored blog. I do not have high expectations that he will actually post it and I have even lower expectations that he will deign to provide an answer to my questions -
So why is it that there seems to be a permanent bias against God, and against God believing people, in so many Unitarian*Universalist congregations? Why is it that neither God, nor God believing people, are all that welcome in so many U*U "Welcoming Congregations"?
Just to be clear, I am not suggesting that Unitarian*Universalists, or any other "liberal religionists", should adopt a "a permanent bias toward God" in their hearts and minds. There are lots of good reasons for people to be disappointed in God and to question God. I am only once again reminding Unitarian*Universalists that the rather too permanent bias *against* God and God believing people, that is manifested in so many ways in too many U*U "churches", is a serious problem that needs to be responsibly addressed by the UUA, the CUC, and individual Unitarian*Universalist congregations if Unitarian*Universalism is ever to move beyond being the "tiny, declining, fringe religion" that it currently is. . . Unitarian*Universalism does not have a snowball's chance in Hell of ever becoming "the religion of our time", as UUA presidential candidate Rev. Peter Morales rather dubiously aspires to "grow" U*Uism, unless and until this permanent bias against God and God believing people is formally acknowledged by U*Us and responsibly discarded by the U*U "religious community".
Update Sunday November 9, 2008 6:00pm-ish
Well 'Boston Unitarian' has pleasantly surprised me by not only posting my comment to his blog post titled 'A Permanent Bias Towards God' but has even provided a response to it.
Here is how he responded to my sharing my concerns as it were:
Thank you for your comment. While I agree that it can seem a "bias against God" exists in Unitarian Universalism, I think it is often more apparent than real. People are searching for a deeper meaning and they want to do it together.
This blog does not seek to fight those battles but only to lift up in a positive way, a life and a path that has been deeply enriching for me. If it proves to be so for others...well that would be wonderful. God Bless
Here is the follow-up comment (with some typos corrected and a pertinent link or two added) that I just submitted in response to the above comment. I have invited 'Boston Unitarian' to respond to this comment by commenting here if he finds my sharing of my concerns too hot to handle on his own blog:
Thank you for posting my critical comment and providing a response to it Boston Unitarian. As my linked blog post states, I had thought that you might not do either of those two things. Please allow me to respectfully respond to your response.
:While I agree that it can seem a "bias against God" exists in Unitarian Universalism, I think it is often more apparent than real.
From what I have have personally experienced, and from what I have repeatedly observed and borne witness to over the years, too many U*Us, including too many U*U clergy, have a very real and not just "apparent" bias against God and God believing people. This is particularly true of the intolerant Atheist Supremacist subset of "Humanist" U*Us. I am not suggesting that Unitarian*Universalism has a permanent bias against God and against God believing people but rather that too many individual Unitarian*Universalists have such a bias. Perhaps I should have said 'within' where I said 'in' to make this clearer.
The fact remains however that the very real and rather too permanent bias against God, Christians, and theists more generally, in the "expressed attitudes" of some "Humanist" U*Us effectively makes a good number of U*U churches far from genuinely welcoming to God believing people.
:People are searching for a deeper meaning and they want to do it together.
As long as "Humanist" U*U ministers can preach Sunday sermons proclaiming that God is a "non-existent being" and that belief in God "seems primitive", or otherwise express disdain and contempt for believers in public or even "private" statements, with not the slightest concern being expressed by UUA leaders, other U*U clergy, and individual U*U lay people, God believing people will choose to do their searching for a deeper meaning in some other "faith". . .
:This blog does not seek to fight those battles but only to lift up in a positive way, a life and a path that has been deeply enriching for me.
If you and other U*Us choose not to "fight those battles" on this blog or in the greater U*U religious community I expect that U*Uism will remain a "tiny, declining, fringe religion"* and that it will never even come close to becoming "the religion of our time." I am sure you know the saying,
"All it takes for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing."
*Somebody* has to fight those battles or Unitarian*Universalism will continue to decline.
If you find this comment too hot to handle here perhaps you can answer it on The Emerson Avenger blog where I will cross-post it.
* as UUA Presidential candidate Rev. Peter Morales so succinctly put it in his "stump speech" which most ironically contained the kind of anti-religious bias that Christians, Jews, Muslims and other God believing people will find to be intolerant and offensive.